Five of the top 25 in 4-H Dairy Showcase at Minnesota State Fair are U of M Students

Minnesota 4-H and the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association annually recognize the top 25 dairy cattle exhibitors at the Minnesota State Fair in the 4-H Dairy Showcase. This was the 8th annual Showcase. The 4-H exhibitors must receive a purple or blue ribbon on their animal in its respective class to be eligible. The exhibitors must also complete an online leadership profile to earn points based on their leadership, dairy-related activities, and community involvement. The scorecard also awards extra points for participation and success in dairy cattle judging, dairy quiz bowl, showmanship, and interviews. Bonus points are awarded for receiving champion and reserve champion honors in the heifer and cow shows. The top 25 were recognized on August 28, 2016 in the AgStar Arena during the Minnesota State Fair.

Five of the 25 recipients will be students this fall in CFANS of the University of Minnesota:

1. Haely Leiding, Fountain, MN -- daughter of alumni Todd & Stacy (Fingerson) Leiding

 CFANS sophomore Haely Leiding placed 1st in the 4-H Dairy Showcase

5. Kayla Leiding, Fountain, MN -- daughter of alumni Todd & Stacy (Fingerson) Leiding
CFANS sophomore Kayla Leiding placed 5th in the 4-H Dairy Showcase

10. Lauren Hendel, Caledonia, MN -- daughter of alumni Matt & Pam (Hosfield) Hendel
 CFANS sophomore Lauren Hendel placed 10th in the 4-H Dairy Showcase

13. Emily Annexstad, St. Peter, MN -- daughter of Rolf & Jean (Behrends) Annexstad
CFANS freshman Emily Annexstad placed 13th in the 4-H Dairy Showcase

22. Sierra Swanson, Hutchinson, MN

Haely Leiding received a cash award of $4,000 donated by Grain Millers Dairy Products, Kayla Leiding received $2,000 donated by the Midwest Dairy Assocation & Foremost Farms USA. Hendel received $1,500 donated by Associated Milk Producers Inc. & Fillmore County 4-H, Annexstad received $1,300 donated by ADM Alliance Nutrition & Wolf Creek Dairy, and Swanson received $1,100 donated by LeSueur Cheese & Cargill.

More than $51,400 was donated to the program this year, and more than $250,000 has been donated across the eight years of the Showcase. The emcees this year were alumnus Brandon Thesing and CFANS senior Jeni Haler.